Lee County Biography


M. J. Bieschke, proprietor of a general store at West Brooklyn, conducted under his own name, is a wide-awake, alert and energetic young business man of the town in which he was born, March 17, 1884, his parents being Albeit and Mary (Meyer) Bieschke, who are now living retired in West Brooklyn. They reared a family of ten children, of whom three have passed away -Kate, John and William. The others are: Frances, now the wife of George Kauth, a resident of Elburn, Illinois; Nicholas, a painter; Adam, a farmer of Iowa; Joseph, who follows farming in Viola township; Albert, a painter of West Brooklyn; M. J. and Frank, who is engaged in clerking for his brother M. J. Bieschke.

The family name indicates the German origin and in his life M. J. Bieschke displays a number of the sterling characteristics of the German race. His education was acquired in the schools of his native town which he attended to the age of seventeen years. He afterward took up carpentering, following the trade for three years, after which he spent a similar period as lineman and general utility man for the Yocum Telephone Company. He afterward worked for F. W. Meyer, a general merchant, with whom he remained for two and a half years, before embarking in business on his own account in 1909. He has since won success in his undertaking. He now has a well appointed general store, carrying a good line of goods and tasteful arrangement and reasonable prices are features in his increasing prosperity.

On the 5th of June, 1906, Mr. Bieschke was married in West Brooklyn, to Miss Margaret Gehant, a daughter of Claude and Mary Gehant, both of whom have passed away and are laid to rest in the West Brooklyn cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Bieschke have two children. Fay and Wencel. The parents are members of the Catholic church and Mr. Bieschke holds membership with the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Order of Foresters. His political endorsement is given to the democratic party. His has been an active and well spent life and he has already made a record in mercantile circles that many an older business man might well envy. He has always lived in this section and his friends are many, all who know him esteeming him for his sterling worth.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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